Footballers Paul Scholes and John O'Shea were engaged in different sporting pursuits on Friday and missed the beginning of a potentially exciting racing venture at Ascot.
The pair, who were both at Manchester United before O'Shea joined Sunderland, are not newcomers to ownership, but Diaminda (7-2) could take them to a new level after the way she dealt with her opponents in the Helical Bar EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Trainer Alan Jarvis clearly rates the half-sister to Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Fayr Jag, who had looked to have a bright future when second on her recent debut at Doncaster.
She skinned Serenity Spa and 5-6 favourite Pearl Bell in a matter of strides when asked a question by jockey Jim Crowley, hurtling two and a quarter lengths clear.
Matthew Hilton, of successful owners Market Avenue Racing Club, said: "Alan rang us up and said he had a nice horse for us, and both Paul Scholes and John O'Shea took a share.
"I think Paul is on a plane to China but John is at the Open golf."
Jarvis said: "She should have won first time but it was just greenness.
"She might come back here for the Princess Margaret Stakes if she comes out of this all right.
"I did think at the start of the season I had the nicest two-year-olds I'd had for 20 years, and Martinas Delight could run in the same race."
One man familiar with training juvenile winners is Richard Hannon, whose Havana Gold took the Foundation Developments Novice Stakes by a length and three-quarters.
The Teofilo colt had beaten a highly-touted stablemate, Pearl Acclaim, on his bow at Newmarket last month, an effort which saw him sent off the 6-5 favourite for a competitive four-runner event, and he readily rose to the challenge thrown down by the determined leader Discernable.
Hannon said: "I know he was a bit of an outsider at Newmarket but he'd been very lazy and immature at home.
"I think that was a very good race, you know. He'll have a bit of time off and won't go anywhere near Goodwood."
Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes were in the money again later on when Hefner (9-2) speared the Delancey Handicap.
Shropshire (6-1) and apprentice Matthew Lawson are cultivating a profitable relationship as they celebrated their second success together in the Cushman & Wakefield Handicap.
Charlie Hills' sprinter has performed respectably since striking at Kempton in March, running well in valuable handicaps at Newmarket and Windsor, and will step up another grade after he saw off a stern challenge from 3-1 favourite Mac's Power by a neck.
"The Stewards' Cup is the plan, he should get in with a penalty, and Matthew will ride as they get on well," said Hills.
Raul da Silva continued to win new admirers with his handling of 14-1 chance Street Power, who pinned down Ladyship by a nose in the Capital & Regional Handicap.
"With half a furlong to go I thought he was trying to stop, but when I asked him for another gear he went again for me," said the Brazilian.
Romeo Montague (4-1 joint-favourite) and Ryan Moore were the beneficiaries of a peculiarly-run Close Brothers Property Finance Handicap.
A trio, headed by Taikoo and containing Rockfella and Call It On, set off at a frenzied pace only to come back to the field with around half of the two miles remaining, and it fell into the lap of Ed Dunlop's gelding.
Rookie trainer Lee Carter and jockey Kieren Fox later combined to win the Tribeca Holdings Apprentice Handicap with Halling Dancer (10-1).